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Pure nostalgia, magic, not a dry eye in the house I'll bet.

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Superb. Swinton & proud of it.

 

Superb, Clifton, Pendlebury & proud of it

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I'm from Pendlebury but when it comes to Rugby League I'm from Swinton and proud of it

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Don't recognise the street with the black dog in the middle and the Red Rose Ales and Stout off licence on the corner OR

the Mobil petrol station with the high ground behind.

 

DID spot Wedgwood Road, Clifton near where I grew up (a few moons ago)

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As I was driving back from Boston to Vermont today after watching my second favorite team, the New England Patriots, demolish Tampa Bay United, ( the second time Utd got its ass handed to it in the course of 8 hours (Yeah, Spelly!) I passed through Manchester, New Hampshire, the home of many "satanic mills" just like the Acme mill portrayed in this collection. No coincidence it's called Manchester!

It reminded me to comment on many Saturday afternoons spent at Station Road. When I was a kid, we would walk along the footpath from Hospital Road past the Acme Mill and the Swinton Baths (where I learned to swim with kids from Grosvenor Road School, and I would stand with my  5 foot tall mother (she who just turned 100) down by the wall on the main stand side, Pendlebury Road end. My Dad stood with his Newtown/Wheatsheaf/Agecroft pits buddies up away from us as he was taller and could see over the assembled multitude. My mother would shout "offside" regardless of what was happening on the pitch!

As I grew older, I would meet my work buddies in the Blue Bell in Monton and we would watch from the Station Road side of the tunnel. This was the swinging 60s and we were Champions not once but twice!  My life revolved around watching and playing Rugby League and listening to Radio Luxembourg!  And the 60s music stuck with me for the rest of my life just like the Lions did! 

One other aside, we lived right on the line between Swinton and Pendlebury, so I can't say whether I'm from one or the other, but, and this is for Blue Monkey's sake, my Dad's from Clifton! And the bus with the team and the trophy went down Hospital Road close to my house.on its way to the Town Hall.  The Swinton Town Hall, I think it was called!!

To get back to the music, "The long and winding road" would seem to be the right anthem for right now, but I can't wait to join you all in a raucous version of "The boys are back in town" one of these days!!

To coin a phrase, you can take Geoff out of Swinton, but you can't take Swinton (Lions) (or the 60s music) out of Geoff!

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One other aside, we lived right on the line between Swinton and Pendlebury, so I can't say whether I'm from one or the other, but, and this is for Blue Monkey's sake, my Dad's from Clifton! 

 

Yes, I'm a Cliftonian, born Whitehead Road (1946) and grew up in Simpson Avenue (1953->) - Clively Estate, although both my parents were Pendlebury folk through and through. Many happy hours spent trainspotting at Clifton Junction and Pepper Hill bridge in the summer. Going to the match up Rake Lane (before Queensway was built) across the farmland near the Beehive pub and arriving opposite the Windmill via Engine Brow near ‘the Bug’ cinema. (Kids’ matinees mid-1950s).

 

Only went to Cromwell Road (1957-62) but geography was always my strongest subject - I've always been fascinated by maps.

Hospital Road is completely within Pendlebury, hence the old RMCH was often informally called Pendlebury Children's Hospital.

Part of the actual boundary between Swinton & Pendlebury is close to Hospital Road. It's the tiny brook which flows behind East Drive and crosses Manchester Road to enter the Dell (between Grosvenor Road School and the May Road estate) before crossing under the A580 to join Folly Brook near the Swinton Park Golf Course. And that's only part of the S & P boundary. Slack Brook (culverted) forms the boundary between Pendlebury and Clifton as it heads off the join the Irwell at Agecroft.

Very strange to say but Boundary Road next to Swinton station is not the actual S & P boundary. The exact spot is where the row of houses on Station Road ends and B&Q car park is. There used to be a cobbler's shop at this point which had a 'parish of Swinton' boundary stone outside. The cobbler's shop was Wolstencroft's. One of his sons (Brian) was in my class at Crommy.

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"Hospital Road is completely within Pendlebury, hence the old RMCH was often informally called Pendlebury Children's Hospital."

Yes, I must be getting old to have forgotten that!

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